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Tanzania Opposition Parties Discuss New Strategies To Confront Government

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After losing the General elections recently, Tanzania’s leading opposition parties are trying to craft new methods of operation as the government is cracking whip on opposition.

The Party for Democracy and Progress, (Chadema) known for campaigning largely on an anti-corruption platform and the Alliance for Change and Transparency–Wazalendo (ACT–Wazalendo) have reportedly begun holding indoor meetings to deliberate upon new strategies of conducting politics.

Local Tanzanian press reported Friday that the meetings between opposition parties comes is in the wake of crackdown on the opposition, including arrests of their leaders and members and the foiling of peaceful demonstrations that were called on November 2 to protest 2020 elections results.

Freeman Mbowe Chadema chairman and Zitto Kabwe ACT-Wazalendo party leader on Saturday held a joint press conference to call for peaceful demonstrations to protest results that gave CCM’s John Magufuli a victory of 84.4 percent of the vote. But the protests were foiled by tight security across the country.

“Indoor meetings are in progress to come up with new methods of resolving the current political atmosphere. But our goal for endless peaceful protests still stands,” Mr Kabwe said.

On Thursday, Mbowe and Kabwe were summoned to Oyster Bay Police Station to record statements regarding their activities.

Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe (right), ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe (centre) and former Arusha Member of Parliament Godbless Lema leave Oyster Bay Police Station in Dar es Salaam where they had been ordered to report after they were arrested and released on bail over allegations of mobilising popular demonstrations across the country.

“We are here to report to the police as ordered. We’ll not stop organising ourselves to continue demanding for justice and the future of our party,” Mbowe told local press.

“Our preoccupation for now is on the human rights abuses that happened during the election. Our people are persecuted. Hundreds of people are in police custody while tens of people are not seen for weeks,” said Party leader Kabwe.

Ado Shaibu the ACT-Wazalendo secretary general on mainland Tanzania said his party is expected today (Friday) to announce to media its standing-point regarding the just concluded General Election and the fate of its members and leaders who are in hospital or police hands.

“We (the party) had a meeting on Wednesday in Zanzibar where we made several decisions that I’m not permitted to divulge to the public at the moment but will do so tomorrow (Friday),” Ado Shaibu was quoted in an interview with a local daily, Citizen.

Zanzibar Island: Supporters of opposition party Act-Wazalendo gathered during campaigns

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East Africans Focus On Improving Grain Quality

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East African grain farmers have for long failed to penetrate the European and US markets due to poor quality grain coupled with issues of aflatoxins.

The East African Grain Council has embarked on a campaign to find solutions to majority of grain producer’s challenges such as, difficulty to meet sanitary and phytosanitary standards required to export goods to Europe and the US.

Meanwhile, the region’s increasingly unpredictable weather patterns have contributed to low quantities of major grains produced in East Africa, leading to growth in grain trading, especially among Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, that is at times constrained by the inadequate or lack of good road and rail networks to link farmers to markets.

Although the East Africa countries produce varied quantities of the major grains, production of wheat and rice has been below national targets and the two commodities remain atop the grain imports list for Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

Trade improvement efforts

To ease the challenges of transportation and support availability of quality grains for milling, governments in East Africa have launched interventions to facilitate trade in grains and grain byproducts by constructing storage, drying and processing facilities along with improving transport networks to access them.

In Rwanda, the government recently unveiled a program to construct modern post-harvest facilities and strategic grain reserves across the country alongside investing $24 million in feeder roads that farmers rely on to reach grain delivery points.

A similar initiative was announced in Uganda in June 2019 with the government approving development of storage facilities and linking farmers to agro-processing facilities to support agro-industrialization.

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Museveni Tells Terrorists to Surrender Or All Will Die

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Kampala streets are deserted as most dwellers have chosen to keep away following the recent twin bombing that injured dozens and killing some.

“A total of 106 suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent bomb attacks in Kampala and other areas. We are still hunting for others. My advice to all of them is to surrender and save themselves, if not, they will all die,” President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was quoted by local press.

Museveni was on Saturday addressing the nation on the current security situation in the capital Kampala.

“The important thing is to uproot anybody who has the idea of terrorism. That is why we are not going to listen to anybody who is talking of bail,” Museveni said.

On Tuesday Kampala was up in flames and plumes of smoke after suicide bombers detonated bombs at the entrance of the Central Police Station (CPS) and near Parliament.

According to Museveni, Unfortunately, 3 people died in the incident apart from the 3 suicide bombers. The injured were 36.

“The bomber of CPS was by the names of Mansoor Uthman and the one of the IGG office is by the names of Wanjusi Abdallah. All these are part of the ADF group that attacked Gen. Katumba Wamala in June,” Museveni said.

Meanwhile days after the Kampala twin bombing, Security forces in Uganda shot dead a Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhammad Abas Kirevu accused of working with an armed group linked to suicide bombings in the capital Kampala.

Sheikh Muhammad Abas Kirevu is said to have been recruited by the Islamist militant ADF formed in Uganda in the 1990s but is now based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since pledging allegiance to IS in 2019, ADF has increasingly carried out attacks in the group’s name.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said 13 suspects, including several children, were intercepted while trying to cross the border into DR Congo just days after the bombing in Kampala.

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14 Sudanese Killed In Domestic Protests

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At least 14 protesters were killed on Wednesday during demonstrations in Sudan, the health ministry of the dissolved Sudanese government said.

On Wednesday, Khartoum and other cities witnessed huge demonstrations against measures recently adopted by the Sudanese army commander, including dissolving the government and appointing a new sovereign council.

The protesters gathered in the cities of Khartoum, Bahri and Omdurman. Due to closure of the bridges linking the three cities and the intensive security presence on main roads, the protesters failed to reach central Khartoum, where vital government utilities sit, including the government headquarters, the Republican Palace and the Army Command.

The protesters raised banners demanding restoration of the civilian government led by the removed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as well as release of political detainees.

The Sudanese police has not yet issued any comment about the events which accompanied Wednesday’s protests. The mobile phone service was cut off inside Sudan shortly before Wednesday’s demonstrations began, with intensive presence for the security and police forces on the main roads.

Sudan has been suffering a political crisis after General Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency on Oct. 25 and dissolved the sovereign council and government

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